Back to Boston (& Man Bands)

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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So long New York City!

My trip to the Big Apple was over before I knew it, but it was a good one and I’m so glad I got to see some of my favorite CrossFit athletes and spend time with my blog friends. Now, I’m on the Bolt Bus back to Boston.

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Theodora woke up early this morning to run, so I caught up on email, watched the news, and ate breakfast while she was getting her sweat on.


For breakfast, I started with a sliced banana with a huge glob of sunflower butter.

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While I ate, I watched 98 Degrees (yep, like Nick Lachey) perform on The Today Show. I was never a huge fan of the group when they were together back in the day, but I surprisingly enjoyed their performance this morning. They were also quite charming during the interview portion of the segment.

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I’m actually not sure how I feel about all of these boy man bands getting back together. It’s kind of cool, but also weird, right? They’re so old now! Ha!

Right after I finished eating my banana with sunflower butter, I ate a NoGii bar.

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A few minutes later, I realized a banana + sunflower butter and a single NoGii bar just wasn’t going to cut it for breakfast, so I ate another NoGii bar. It wasn’t the best breakfast ever, but it worked.

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When Theodora returned from her run, she brought me a fun surprise: Starbucks Passion iced tea! Yay!

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A little while later, Theodora and I hopped in a cab to 34th and 8th to catch the Bolt Bus to Boston.

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We originally bought tickets for the 1:00 PM bus, but Ashley had tickets for an earlier bus and we wanted to ride with her, so we showed up around 9:15 and prayed that the bus gods would let us on standby.

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Success! Theodora and I scored seats on the earlier bus!

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I ate a late-ish breakfast, but our bus didn’t get into Boston until 2:15 PM, so I bought a Protein Box at Starbucks to hold me over. (I didn’t eat the roll or cheese.)

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I also snacked on some almond clusters.

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Boston Harbor Cruise Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered yesterday’s giveaway to win two tickets to a Boston Harbor Cruise! Here’s your winner:

Kristin Pizzi

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Question of the Day

What do you think about these man bands getting back together? Were you ever into boy bands? Which ones were your favorite?

I loved NKOTB, obviously. I {heart} Joey 4-eva. I also kind of liked Hanson and Backstreet Boys, but only because of sorority pledging (and some ‘gentle’ hazing). I still smile whenever I hear two specific songs. 



  1. I never got on the boy band bandwagon (ha!) unless you count the Beatles. πŸ™‚ I am not sure why these bands are getting back together, but it seems to follow the trend of how the Who and the Stones get back together every so many years for their last shows, and then redo it again a few years down the road.

  2. I have complete shameless love for the Backstreet Boys and jumped up and down like a 15 year-old when I heard Kevin was rejoining the band!

    *NSync can suck it, ha.

  3. I love Nick Lachey!! He is so down to earth, very genuine and super cute to boot!!

    Back in the day, I was in LOVE with NKOTB. I remember being a 12 year old girl crying over them just knowing that I would marry Donnie or Joey someday. Ha!!! I am actually kind of happy that I lucked out of that one;-).

  4. Hilarious that you brought up NKOTB. I had their posters plastered all over my room. And what was the song Joey sang . . . made all the girls swoon . . . crap, I can’t think of it. Whatever it was, I played that single tape non-stop.

  5. Thank you for sharing the snack of sliced banana + nut butter with the world. It is my new favorite thing to eat because of you! I microwave it for 20 seconds and it is perfection in a bowl :).

    I was a diehard NSync and Backstreet Boys fan growing up. Boy bands never get old in my opinion. I don’t usually shell out money for concert tickets, but if NSync ever went on a reunion tour…let’s just say, my wallet would be in trouble.

  6. I saw red hot chili peppers in concert the other night- talk about some old dudes! I think it’s kind of fun to see the 90’s bands perform on the today show, but I would never go see them live or buy any of their stuff.

  7. BSB were always my fave. I think it’d be fun to see them like that on tv, but I don’t see myself going to a concert. I’d probably love it if they had a new hit single. Hey, maybe they do, and I’m just clueless. Totally possible. Friends who bring you Starbucks are the best kind!!!

  8. It cracks me up that 98 Degrees got back together because I never thought that they were all that popular. I am really happy that NKOTB got back together though because I got to see them in concert and live out a childhood fantasy. And of course, I jumped up and down like a lovestruck 10 year old! πŸ™‚

  9. i want them to make fun of how old they are… like come out on stage with back braces and supportive stockings or have a bunch of fiber pills fall out of the pockets or something instead of hair gel and matching outfits.

  10. wow, you are leaving new york already?! so fast! also crazy that the boybands are getting back together. i guess if my career had peaked at age 19 i would want to give it another shot later in life, too.

  11. I need the try those NoGii Bars. I’m not a big fan of bars usually because they always seem to sweet but if its more nuts it might be worth a try.
    HAHA I LOVE me a good Boy Band! I went to the NKOTBSB concert last year and had THE BEST time! I was 16 all over again.

  12. Glad you had a good trip! I was obsessed with NKOTB back in the day. Jon was my favorite…I was always drawn to the shy guys when I was younger. And I certainly was not clued in to Jon’s sexual preferences at 10 years old!

  13. I loved NSync back in the day, but that was pretty much it. I had no idea 98 Degrees were performing together again!

    I dunno why, but I just find the idea of reuniting boy bands odd. Like, shouldn’t they be wearing ties and working desk jobs? It’s like seeing my dad and a group of his friends singing and doing choreographed dance moves. Just awkward. (not the man bands are as old as my dad, but y’know what I mean)

  14. i loved NKOTB back in my elementary school days….jon was my favorite.
    then in college i have to admit, i loved Nsync….gotta love justin & Jc. (i totally love mmc alumns ;p)

  15. I was a shamelessly huge *NSYNC fan. It didn’t help that I was also 12-13 while they were at the height of their popularity. If they were to get back together, I’d be at their reunion tour in a heartbeat. Too bad JT is (probably) too much of an A-lister for that to happen. πŸ™

  16. I was obsessed with Hanson & BSB! I even went to two BSB concerts with my mom lol. Then I got really into O-Town. I was such a teeny bopper haha.

  17. Call me a snob, but I wasn’t into boy bands on principle. Everyone else went gaga and were crying (much like they do over Justin Bieber now), but I was into my alternative-ish music instead. Pretty much anything from random movie soundtracks and Dawson’s Creek.

  18. Oh man was a boy band lover. LFO- Summer Girls, that was my jam in middle school. Then came my love for Justin Timberlake in Nsync. Oh those were the days. I still have their Cd’s though.. Just for sentimental reasons πŸ˜‰

  19. I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never heard of sunflower butter, but it sounds awesome and I might have to try it if I can find some. (It’s always fun to try out new nut butters.) I also hold a special place for NKOTB in my heart that nothing else can fill. πŸ™‚

  20. I always laugh when Spin instructors through in 98 degrees, NSynch, Backstreet, etc into a workout playlist. Most of the class is singing along.
    My dad was a saint to take me to 2 NKOTB concerts.

  21. I loved NKOTB in the 2nd grade. Ha! I kinda liked BSB & NSYNC in high school. My fav boy band is the original – The Beatles! πŸ˜‰

  22. I love NKOTB! Jordan is my favorite. I’ve been to three of their concerts since they reunited. They sound, dance and look better now then they did back in the day. No more rat tails! I saw them last summer when they came to Boston with Backstreet Boys and it was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been too. I wasn’t crazy about Nsync but I love me some Justin Timberlake. πŸ˜‰

  23. Tina, can you drink decaf? I, too, am a coffee addict but it triggers my atrial fibrillation so I do decaf (usually). Is it the actual coffee or just the caffeine that bothers you?
    Re the boy bands, I’m too old for the ones you mention. My boy band was The Monkees. Now I feel old. πŸ™

  24. I actually saw 98 Degrees in concert for my friend’s birthday and totally loved Jeff. I could have given two hoots about the Lacheys (who knew). I also remember there was this really annoying woman who opened for them who dressed all in pink with a pink cowboy hat and we were like “ugh! She is awful!” It was Jessica Simpson. Ha! I also loved BSB, N*SYNC and BBMac. There were so many of them back then….oy.

  25. Well not a boy band but just as bad…I watched the Justin Bieber movie and fell in love with him. I’m so embarrassed…please don’t tell anyone LOL

    And I secretly loved the Backstreet Boys

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